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Sentinel-3A measures height of Antarctic ice sheet

13 December 2016

Launched in February 2016 with a suite of cutting-edge instruments, Sentinel-3A is arguably the most comprehensive of all the Copernicus Sentinel missions. Since then, the satellite has been thoroughly tested and fine-tuned. This led to the release of its first Earth colour data in October and first radiometer data last month. Now, the public also have access to data from its radar altimeter.

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Satellite cousins have ice covered

16 December 2016

Although not designed to deliver information on ice, ESA's Earth Explorer SMOS satellite can detect thin sea-ice. Since its cousin, CryoSat, is better at measuring thicker ice scientists have found a way of using these missions together to yield an even clearer picture of the changing Arctic.

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There's a jet stream in our core

19 December 2016

We would normally associate jet streams with the weather but, thanks to ESA's magnetic field mission, scientists have discovered a jet stream deep below Earth's surface - and it's speeding up.

New version of Swarm VirES now available to users

22 December 2016

VirEs for Swarm is a highly interactive data analysis and retrieval interface for the Swarm products. This new version (v1.2) implements new features and options.

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Reissued: Call for Earth Explorer 9 proposals

14 December 2016

Scientists involved in Earth observation have another opportunity to submit a proposal for ESA's next Earth Explorer satellite mission.

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Manchester, United Kingdom

The city of Manchester is featured in this Landsat image comparison. The images acquired by Landsat 5 and 8 show how this city in northern England has changed since 1985.

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Snowy Mississippi landscape

20 December 2016


This Proba-V image at 100 m resolution shows a snowy landscape around the city of La Crosse (Wisconsin, USA) and the upper Mississippi River basin.

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China's Tian Shan mountains

23 December 2016

Sentinel-2A takes us over northwestern China near the border with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in this false-colour image from 18 November 2016.

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POLinSAR 2017 workshop

23 - 27 January 2017

The European Space Agency is organising POLinSAR 2017, the 8th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry, to be hosted in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy from 23 to 27 January 2017. This workshop will be followed by the 4th ESA Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry, to be held at the same location during the following week.

The main objectives of the POLinSAR 2017 course are to:

  • Provide a forum for scientific exchange
  • Present the latest exploitation results from fully polarimetric airborne and spaceborne systems and assess the state-of-the-art
  • Review retrieved bio-geophysical parameters and their accuracy
  • Make recommendations for algorithm development and new products
  • Support the preparation for ESA and Third Party fully polarimetric mission exploitation (BIOMASS, NOVASAR-S, RCM, SAOCOM-CS, TerraSAR-L etc.)
  • Present innovative polarimetric applications and ideas for future polarimetric mission concepts
  • Report on progress/status of POLinSAR 2015 and BIOMASS 2015 recommendations

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WorldCover 2017 Conference

14 - 16 March 2017

The European Space Agency together with GEO, FAO and EU are organising the WorldCover 2017 Conference to be held at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 14 to 16 March 2017.

The WorldCover 2017 Conference aims to provide scientists and users with the opportunity to present first-hand and up-to-date results from their on-going research and application development activities by using data from past and current satellites. The outcome of the conference will help to further shape the next generation of R&D activities in the frame of ESA Earth Observation Programmes.

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Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment

20 - 23 March 2017

The Organising Committee of the Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment invite you to join them in Cyprus from 20 to 23 March 2017 to network with leading experts in the field of Remote Sensing and Geo-information.


The Technical Program is open to all topics in Remote Sensing and Geo-information of Environment and related techniques and applications.

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North American CryoSat science meeting and geodetic missions workshop

20 - 24 March 2017

The first North American CryoSat Science Meeting will take place in Banff (Alberta, Canada) from 20 to 24 March 2017.

The meeting will provide a unique and timely forum for scientists and end-users of CryoSat data to share the state-of-the-art in research and applications, review mission achievements and prepare for the continued use of the CryoSat mission in the future. Organised approximately seven years after launch of CryoSat, the meeting will highlight areas where the mission has made significant contribution including cryosphere, oceanography, geodesy, hydrology, topography, meteorology and climate change. Presentations on the use of CryoSat data for operational applications and demonstrations of novel scientific applications are also encouraged. The meeting will be instrumental to outline the international collaboration in the exploitation of data, to propose new scientific requirements, to identify new scientific challenges in view of the extension beyond 2019 and, in general, for its possible successor.

The meeting is held in parallel with the Fourth Swarm science meeting. There will be a one-day joint session to address common thematic applications related to gravimetric applications.

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Fourth Swarm Science Meeting & geodetic missions workshop

20 - 24 March 2017

Jointly with partners in Canada, the European Space Agency is organizing a cornerstone event in the area of exploitation of data from Swarm and geodetic satellite missions, including GOCE, GRACE and future missions. The Fourth Swarm Science Meeting and the accompanying Geodetic Missions Workshop will be held at the Park Lodge Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada alongside the CryoSat North-American Science Meeting from 20 to 24 March 2017.

In these co-located meetings the European Space Agency aims to address science, applications and services in the context of its Earth Explorer series of missions, ranging in focus from the Earth's outer core to the magnetosphere. Specifically, as the Swarm mission is about to complete three years of extremely successful science operations, the meeting will bring together the wider international scientific community to explore and develop scientific and application synergies and to propel the mission into its next phase.

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ADM-Aeolus CAL/VAL Workshop

28 - 30 March 2017

Co-organised by ESA and MeteoFrance and supported by CNES, the ADM-Aeolus Cal/Val Workshop will be held at the Centre International de Conférences in Toulouse, France, from 28 to 30 March 2017. The objective of the workshop is to prepare the Aeolus CAL/VAL activities and teams for the Aeolus launch in late 2017.


During the workshop, the organization and readiness of the ADM-Aeolus CAL/VAL activities and teams will be detailed and exercised. These activities will be instrumental to the mission calibration and validation in-flight, and are launched to ensure and demonstrate that ADM-Aeolus will meet its mission requirements. ESA is currently implementing the Doppler Wind Lidar mission 'ADM-Aeolus' as part of its Living Planet Programme.

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European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017

23 - 28 April 2017

The General Assembly 2017 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is scheduled to take place in Vienna, Austria, from 23 to 28 April 2017, at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) congress center.

The EGU 2017 assembly will, as in its previous editions, bring together geoscientists from all over the world to a unique meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences.

The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.

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International Ocean Colour Science Meeting

15 - 18 May 2017

The third International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting will take place from 15 to 18 May 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal, followed by a Copernicus marine data stream training event on 19 May 2017.

IOCS-2017 is being convened by the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) in partnership with, and thanks to sponsorship from, EUMETSAT, ESA, the European Commission and NASA, and with the support of all the IOCCG-sponsoring agencies and organisations.

The overarching theme of IOCS-2017 is "Exploring New Capabilities for Global Ocean Colour Observations" with the overall goal of nurturing a strong global user community for ocean colour science and applications, and fostering exchange between the ocean colour research community and international space agencies with an interest in ocean colour science.

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Fringe 2017

05 - 09 June 2017

The European Space Agency is organising Fringe 2017, the 10th International Workshop on "Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry and Sentinel-1 InSAR".

The event will be hosted at the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, from 05 to 09 June 2017.

Fringe 2017 is a free workshop, and it is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-1 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industries.